A senior golden retriever has suffered the ultimate betrayal…her owner gave her away for a particularly cruel reason, telling a rescue agency, “She’s old, and she smells terrible. We’re buying a new home and don’t want her to stink it up, so it’s time to turn her in.”
Adding insult to injury…the man asked for his old dog’s leash back because he was getting a new dog!
The heartbreaking situation
Erin Morse, with Midwest Animal Resq, described the heartbreaking scene:
This is what heartbreak looks like. I don’t even know her name, her prior owner didn’t bother to write it down when he came to “turn her in.”
And recounted the man’s cruel words as he handed over his dog of twelve years:
“Here’s a donation (as he literally threw a 20 at me) do I just let her go now? I need this leash we are getting a new dog today.” I sat there in stunned silence, unable to digest what was happening. And just like that, he unhooked the leash, gave her a brief pat on the head, then turned and left. The dog waddled to the door and softly cried as the person she loved for 12+ years left her behind.”
The dog’s condition
The senior dog’s “terrible smell” was the result of neglect. Morse wrote:
The condition of this poor sweet girl should be criminal. The eye watering smell was due to the horrific ear infection, and fur matted with years of puss and blood. We did our best to get her comfortable, flushed her ear, gave her a bath and pain meds. She was a sweetheart the entire time, but she never took her eyes off the door her owner walked out of.
A rescuer’s never ending pain
Morse described the pain of seeing dogs cast aside as if they mean nothing:
I know in my brain I shouldn’t be passing judgment, that I should somehow be grateful he made the effort to drive 10 minutes to our shelter rather than dumping her on the street. But I look at her, and I’m angry. I think of her family happily playing with their new puppy and I’m livid. Then I think of the next rescuer who will experience the same thing in 10 years when the family exchanges the now senior pup for a new one…and I feel hopeless.
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